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Enugu Commences Free Hepatitis Screening

 

To eradicate the illnesses and stop their spread throughout the state and the nation, the Enugu State government has partnered with Sepat Pharmaceuticals Limited to offer free Hepatitis B and C screenings.

 

The free screening program was just started at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), Parklane, Enugu, by Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, the state commissioner for health in Enugu.

 

Obi assured that the state needs to take advantage of the free screening that Sepat Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is offering from March 19 to 24. He added that in addition to helping with data collection and early disease detection, this screening will also aid in the fight against viral diseases in the state.

 

To eradicate the illnesses and stop their spread throughout the state and the nation, the Enugu State government has partnered with Sepat Pharmaceuticals Limited to offer free Hepatitis B and C screenings.

 

The free screening program was just started at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), Parklane, Enugu, by Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, the state commissioner for health in Enugu.

 

Obi assured that the state needs to take advantage of the free screening that Sepat Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is offering from March 19 to 24. He added that in addition to helping with data collection and early disease detection, this screening will also aid in the fight against viral diseases in the state.

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The commissioner added: “What we are here to address today is a disease that can go to your liver which is the engine of every human and start destroying it silently. The spectrum of medical and healthcare involves health promotion, health prevention and treatment.

 

“We will put Hepatitis B and C at the front burner, and see how this silent killer can be put in abeyance in our state.

 

“The governor approved that it would be nice to have a situation where beyond carrying out free testing, it would be possible for the Ministry of Health to get very useful data which is even lacking at the national level.

 

Oramah, whose company Sepat sponsored the program in its entirety, clarified that funding the free screening program and promoting pertinent public awareness were not only the morally right but also the prudent course of action to take in order to save lives, as hepatitis is a deadly illness that kills silently.

 

Oramah further stated, “We are partnering with an Egyptian company called Pharco Pharmaceuticals, because Egypt has the highest number of Hepatitis C in the world, but with Pharco, our partners, within two years, Egypt is today Hepatitis C free. And this is what we came to replicate here in Enugu.

 

“Dr. Peter Mbah is development-inclined and he places a high premium on health which is why he gave us this platform to come to Enugu and conduct this free screening and we won’t stop there. Those who are found positive for hepatitis C will receive subsidised treatment.”

 

Speaking as well, Prof. Bertrand Ngwu, the Chief Medical Director of ESUTH, praised the governor for offering a venue that would aid in saving lives. He also assured the audience that the medical facility would be committed to ensuring that the government’s and Sepat Pharmaceuticals Ltd.’s goals were met.

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